Hosts The Worst TV Talent Show Judges Of All Time  

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List Rules The worst judge and panel members from any talent-based reality competition game shows

Judges are the key part of talent shows, it's their knowledge and expertise that decides which competitors have the skills to win. When talent-based competitive TV shows have bad judges then all the decisions leading up to the final winner can feel arbitrary or based on whim rather than talent. Some of the worst talent show judges make it feel like an entire season of a show was a loss.

Terrible talent show judges on skill-based competitive reality TV shows like America's Got Talent, America's Next Top Model and So You Think You Can Dance will nitpick at one competitor for things they praised in another, or be more focused on a feud with other judges than the effort and growth of the competitors. It's not just cruelty and nastiness that create the worst TV talent show judges, apathetic and ineffectual judges are just as bad. The ones who nod along mindlessly, unable to give feedback or convey why they're qualified to judge any sort of talent, can just ruin a show.

Here's your chance to turn the tables and to vote for the worst talent show judges. Who is the absolute worst? And, if we've forgotten somebody who particularly lacks the talent to be a talent show judge, be sure to add them to the list.

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13 1
Miley Cyrus is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Worst TV Talent Show Judges Of All Time
The Voice

2
11 2
Janice Dickinson is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Worst TV Talent Show Judges Of All Time
America's Next Top Model, The Surreal Life, The Janice Dickinson Modeling Agency

3
9 1
David Hasselhoff is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Worst TV Talent Show Judges Of All Time
America's Got Talent, Dancing with the Stars, Britain's Got Talent

4
9 1
Mariah Carey is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Worst TV Talent Show Judges Of All Time
American Idol

5
12 4
Piers Morgan is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Worst TV Talent Show Judges Of All Time
America's Got Talent, Britain's Got Talent

6
10 3
Kelly Cutrone is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Worst TV Talent Show Judges Of All Time
America's Next Top Model

7
8 2
Santino Rice is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Worst TV Talent Show Judges Of All Time
RuPaul's Drag Race

8
8 2
Gary Barlow is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Worst TV Talent Show Judges Of All Time
The X Factor

9
11 5
Nicki Minaj is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Worst TV Talent Show Judges Of All Time
American Idol

10
7 2
Cheryl Cole is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Worst TV Talent Show Judges Of All Time
The X Factor

11
8 3
Paula Abdul is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Worst TV Talent Show Judges Of All Time
American Idol, The X Factor

12
8 3
Delta Goodrem is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Worst TV Talent Show Judges Of All Time
The Voice, Australian Idol

13
9 4
Rebecca Romijn is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Worst TV Talent Show Judges Of All Time
Project Runway, Skin Wars, RuPaul's Drag Race

14
5 1
Tom Jones is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Worst TV Talent Show Judges Of All Time
The Voice

15
5 1
Robin Cousins is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Worst TV Talent Show Judges Of All Time
Dancing on Ice

16
5 1
John Barrowman is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Worst TV Talent Show Judges Of All Time
How Do You Solve a Problem like Maria?, Any Dream Will Do, I'd Do Anything

17
5 1
Kara DioGuardi is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Worst TV Talent Show Judges Of All Time
American Idol, Platinum Hit, The One: Making a Music Star

18
4 0
Paul Hollywood is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Worst TV Talent Show Judges Of All Time
The Great British Bake Off, The American Baking Competition, The Great American Baking Show

19
4 0
Antonio M. Reid is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Worst TV Talent Show Judges Of All Time
The X Factor

20
7 4
Nigel Lythgoe is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Worst TV Talent Show Judges Of All Time
So You Think You Can Dance, Popstars

21
6 3
Georgina Chapman is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Worst TV Talent Show Judges Of All Time
Project Runway: All Stars

22
5 2
Carmen Electra is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Worst TV Talent Show Judges Of All Time
So You Think You Can Dance, Britain's Got Talent

23
5 2
Zac Posen is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Worst TV Talent Show Judges Of All Time
Project Runway

24
5 2
Jason Gardiner is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Worst TV Talent Show Judges Of All Time
Dancing on Ice, Torvill and Dean's Dancing on Ice, Queer Eye for the Straight Guy (UK)

25
4 1
Mary Murphy is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Worst TV Talent Show Judges Of All Time
So You Think You Can Dance

26
4 1
Mia Michaels is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Worst TV Talent Show Judges Of All Time
So You Think You Can Dance

27
5 3
Melanie Brown is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Worst TV Talent Show Judges Of All Time
America's Got Talent, The X Factor, Dancing with the Stars

28
4 2
Ricky Wilson is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Worst TV Talent Show Judges Of All Time
The Voice

29
4 2
Isaac Mizrahi is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Worst TV Talent Show Judges Of All Time
Project Runway All Stars

30
4 2
Danny O'Donoghue is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Worst TV Talent Show Judges Of All Time
The Voice UK

31
4 2
Will.i.am is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Worst TV Talent Show Judges Of All Time
The X Factor

32
4 2
Tyra Banks is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Worst TV Talent Show Judges Of All Time
America's Next Top Model, Britain's Next Top Model, Next Top Model Greece

33
4 2
Pete Waterman is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Worst TV Talent Show Judges Of All Time
Pop Idol

34
3 1
Nicole Scherzinger is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Worst TV Talent Show Judges Of All Time
The X Factor, Dancing with the Stars

35
2 0
Leon Taylor is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Worst TV Talent Show Judges Of All Time
Splash!

36
5 4
Rita Ora is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Worst TV Talent Show Judges Of All Time
The X Factor

37
4 3
Kylie Minogue is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Worst TV Talent Show Judges Of All Time
The Voice

38
3 2
Nigel Barker is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Worst TV Talent Show Judges Of All Time
America's Next Top Model

39
3 2
Michelle Visage is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Worst TV Talent Show Judges Of All Time
RuPaul's Drag Race, Ireland's Got Talent, The X Factor

40
3 2
Alexandra Guarnaschelli is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Worst TV Talent Show Judges Of All Time

41
3 2
Seal is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Worst TV Talent Show Judges Of All Time
America's Got Talent

42
3 2
Tom Colicchio is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Worst TV Talent Show Judges Of All Time
Top Chef, The Restaurateur, Hooked Up with Tom Colicchio

43
3 2
Keith Urban is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Worst TV Talent Show Judges Of All Time
American Idol

44
3 2
Harry Connick, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Worst TV Talent Show Judges Of All Time
American Idol

45
3 2
Ricky Martin is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Worst TV Talent Show Judges Of All Time
The Voice, Dancing With the Stars, La Banda

46
2 1
J. Alexander is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Worst TV Talent Show Judges Of All Time
America's Next Top Model

47
2 1
Randy Jackson is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Worst TV Talent Show Judges Of All Time
American Idol

48
2 1
Amanda Freitag is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Worst TV Talent Show Judges Of All Time
Chopped

49
2 1
Cee Lo Green is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Worst TV Talent Show Judges Of All Time
The Voice

50
1 0
Geoffrey Zakarian is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Worst TV Talent Show Judges Of All Time
Chopped, The Kitchen